Robots are slowly but surely conquering this year’s CES. In today’s press preview, Ottonomy debuted a new model that will add to the company’s delivery robot army in New York. The Yeti sets itself apart from other Ottobot models, largely due to the addition of a clever automated dispensing mechanism designed to eliminate the need for a person to be present to receive the package. We call it the first fully autonomous driverless delivery robot on the market.
Once at the destination, the last mile delivery bot can drop the contents at your doorstep or move them to a compatible locker to safely store them until a human picks them up. Another interesting angle here is the possibility of product returns. Specifically, it allows customers to use robots to return unwanted products back to the original seller.
Yeti follows another robot, Ottobot 2.0, added in late 2022. This brings some interesting customization options to the table, such as the ability to swap out different modular bins for different types of deliveries.
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The company runs numerous parallel programs in cities around the world, including Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Oslo and Madrid. We are also working to expand into additional markets in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. Here in America, we partner with Verizon.
“During the validation process, we conducted pilots at airports, retailers and postal services. Ritukar Vijay said. “With our strategic alliances with Verizon and others, we are well-positioned to fill a gap that companies like Amazon and Fedex have not been able to do.As demand and use cases for automated driverless deliveries continue to grow, , we are in a position to offer robots as a service to restaurants, retailers and others.”
Ottonomy announced a $3.3 million seed funding round last August.